Because everyone has to have one, right? In the interest of time, today I am only going to focus on the Falcons’ picks. Besides, we still have a long way to get to April 25. More mocks to follow.
J. Michael Moore (of the official Atlanta Falcons’ site) is on his third take of the 2009 draft …
“No. 24 — Atlanta Falcons: S Louis Delmas, Western Michigan (Previous Pick: Clay Matthews)
Look him up and you’ll read concerns about his ability as a run stopper but he’s one of the more gifted players in pass coverage. His skills could translate to the “interchangeable” safety position General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said he was looking for. He was a team captain and three-time All-Conference performer. He’s been called “a natural play maker.” After some more consideration, I thought this a more logical pick.”
Delmas is becoming a “popular” pick for the Falcons, but I think the Falcons need help now, not in a two or three years after Delmas gets some NFL seasoning. Maybe as an early to mid second round pick, but not as my first pick in the draft.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the ajc.com Falcons Blog has offered his take on this year’s draft. Quoting Ledbetter, is almost like someone quoting my ramblings on this blog, but I digress.
” It’s no secret the Falcons will go heavy on defense in this draft. Here are couple of players to track over the next month. They’ll likely still be available when the Falcons pick No. 24.
-Northern Illinois defensive end Larry English.
-Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis.
-Virginia linebacker Clint Sintim.
-Southern California linebacker Clay Matthews Jr.
24. Atlanta Falcons: Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois.”
At this point I think I can draw two conclusions. First, everyone universally agrees that the Falcons will take a defensive selection with their first pick, but the position varies depending on the mock draft in questions. Second, no one has a clue who the Falcons will target with their first pick because it is too hard to predict who will be left by the time Atlanta is on the clock.